What is a PDO Thread Lift?

PDO thread lift is a cosmetic procedure that uses special threads made of Polydioxanone to lift and tighten the skin. A PDO thread lift can tighten the face, neck, and other areas of the body where skin sagging or wrinkles are present. The procedure is relatively quick and painless, with minimal downtime. In addition to providing an immediate aesthetic improvement, PDO thread lifts offer numerous benefits, including a rejuvenated appearance without scarring or excessive swelling. 

Types of PDO threads:

There are three types of PDO Threads for your treatments:

  • Mono Threads: These threads are a type of single PDO filament that is smooth and made without barbs. They are inserted into the skin in a mesh-like pattern to achieve skin-tightening effects and add volume. While mono threads tighten the skin, they do not significantly lift it. These skin tightening treatments use an average of 10 to 30 threads per treatment area to build collagen and rejuvenate sagging skin, improve crepey skin, minimize small wrinkles, and improve scars and skin texture.
  • Screw Threads: Screw threads have one or two threads intertwined around the inserting needle. When two threads are intertwined, the method is known as a “multi screw,” they help reverse sunken areas and give the area a non-surgical lift.
  • Cog Threads: These threads contain barbs that attach to the underside of the skin. They are often combined with mono and screw threads to add support and structure to lift sagging tissue and skin. In the face, they are used to create a slimmer face.

Benefits of PDO Thread Lifts:

  • Non-surgical alternative to facelifts: PDO thread lifts offer similar results to surgical facelifts without requiring extensive incisions or downtime.
  • Collagen stimulation: The threads stimulate the production of collagen, which helps improve skin elasticity and firmness.
  • Immediate and long-lasting results: Patients can see immediate improvements after the procedure, and the effects continue to enhance over time.
  • Minimal discomfort and side effects: PDO thread lifts are well-tolerated, and any mild swelling or bruising typically subsides within a few days.

Potential PDO thread lift complications:

PDO thread lifts have a much lower risk of complications than other facelift surgeries. There’s less risk of scarring, severe bruising, or bleeding. The procedure results in minor complications in 15 to 20 percent of cases, but they are treatable. Possible complications include:

  • visible sutures (especially in people with thin skin)
  • pain
  • minor bruising
  • infection
  • snapping of threads
  • accumulation of blood 
  • inflammation
  • dimpling (orange peel-like skin texture)
  • hair loss
  • inflammation
  • salivary gland injury

What areas of the face can a PDO thread lift treat?

A thread lift can treat most parts of your face that are experiencing signs of aging. The areas around your cheeks, jaw, neck, and eyes are the most commonly treated. Other anti-aging procedures, such as therapy or dermal fillers, can be used with thread lifts, as they are not as drastic as the results of facelift surgeries.

How long does a PDO thread lift last?

PDO threads are known for their long-lasting effects, with results lasting from 6 months to several years. Depending on the area treated and the patient’s needs, the patient may undergo multiple treatments yearly or every few years to maintain the desired results. As the threads dissolve, they actively stimulate collagen production in the skin, leading to further skin tightening. A research study found that a PDO thread lift caused immediate improvements in skin sagging after the procedure. However, there was a noticeable decline in results six months later. Improvements were no longer apparent after one year.

The procedure

The PDO thread lift procedure follows several steps. First, the healthcare professional cleanses the treatment area and administers local anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the procedure. They insert thin threads of PDO material into the skin using a specialized needle or cannula. These threads have barbs or cones that provide traction and lift to the sagging skin. The healthcare professional positions the threads appropriately and may trim any excess threads. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the extent of the treatment. After the procedure, the patient may experience mild swelling, bruising, or discomfort, which usually subside within a few days. The patient must follow any post-procedure care instructions the healthcare professional provides and attend follow-up appointments as necessary for monitoring and guidance.

PDO thread lift recovery and aftercare

Recovery from a PDO thread lift is minimal. You may have some swelling and bruising for the first 24 to 48 hours, but you can immediately return to most of your daily routines. You should avoid rubbing your face as much as possible the week after your procedure to avoid accidentally dislodging the thread. Your healthcare professional will likely advise you to avoid pursing your lips, smoking, and drinking through a straw for the first several weeks. Other activities you should avoid for 1 to 2 weeks include sleeping on your side, intense exercise, and visiting saunas. Sleeping with your head propped on a pillow can help you avoid accidentally rolling onto your face during the middle of the night.


M Health and Beauty is an excellent choice for those looking for a PDO thread lift provider. Our qualified and experienced practitioners specialize in providing cosmetic treatments, including PDO thread lifts, in a safe, professional environment. To book an appointment with M Health and Beauty, call our clinic to speak with one of our friendly customer care representatives.


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